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T.J. Warren scored 15 points (7-13 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT) while adding 11 rebounds, three blocks and a steal in 30 minutes off the bench during Sunday's win over the Raptors.
It's his first double-double of the season, but Warren is becoming one of the pillars of the Phoenix bench in his second NBA campaign, averaging 19.3 points, 5.3 boards, 1.0 blocks and 0.8 steals in 29.5 minutes over the last four games. There's been no indication from coach Jeff Hornacek that the youngster could bump P.J. Tucker from the starting lineup, but even if he remains a reserve Warren's fantasy value is on the upswing.
Mirza Teletovic scored 20 points (7-9 FG, 6-7 3Pt) while adding two rebounds in 18 minutes off the bench during Sunday's win over the Raptors.
It was his best performance of the season, but Teletovic has been an asset from three-point range for weeks now, hitting multiple threes in nine of the last 10 games while shooting 46.7 percent (28-for-60) from beyond the arc. He doesn't contribute much in other categories, however, averaging just 10.6 points and 3.5 boards over that stretch.
Thaddeus Young scored 19 points (9-12 FG, 1-2 FT) while adding 10 rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block in 31 minutes during Sunday's win over the Pistons.
That's now six double-doubles in eight games for Young, and he missed making it eight in a row by just two boards in each of the other games. The 27-year-old is thriving while playing alongside Brook Lopez in the Brooklyn Nets ' frontcourt, but his improved rebounding has come at the expense of his modest contributions from beyond the three-point line, as he's just 1-for-10 from long range after going 90-for-292 as recently as two seasons ago.
Jordan Hill (back) posted six points (3-8 FG), 10 rebounds, and one assist in 20 minutes against the Lakers on Sunday.
Hill was a game-time decision heading into Sunday, but ultimately played against his former team. He missed one game due to injury and appears to be fine moving forward. However, he's contributing just enough points and rebounds to be effective in deeper formats only.
DeMarcus Cousins (back) is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Mavericks, James Ham of CSN California reports.
Cousins missed the last two games with his back injury, but there is a chance he could return to action Monday night. His participation, or lack thereof, in the Sacramento Kings ' morning shootaround should provide a hint toward his status for Monday's game.
Testing done on Harrison Barnes ' injured left ankle did not reveal any broken bones, Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. He will miss at least the next three games, however.
It does not appear initially that Barnes is facing a lengthy absence, but he is dealing with a sprained ankle, and will not play again until next Sunday at the earliest. He could miss a few games beyond that with the Golden State Warriors on the road until Dec. 16. Brandon Rush figures to make at least three starts, and possibly a fourth Sunday, during the upcoming week in Barnes' absence.
Matt Barnes contributed 13 points (5-10 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-5 FT), eight rebounds, five assists, two steals, and one block in 27 minutes during the Memphis Grizzlies ' 92-84 win versus the 76ers on Sunday.
Barnes returned to his regular reserve role on Sunday with Zach Radnolph (knee) re-joining the starting lineup. Still, Barnes managed to provide well-rounded production off the bench, seeing more minutes than any other Grizzlies' reserve and starter Tony Allen, who played only 19 minutes. The team's depth on the wing makes it hard to trust Barnes outside of deeper leagues, but if he keeps playing like he has of late, he may earn a few more minutes going forward.
Zach Randolph contributed 17 points (6-17 FG, 5-6 FT), 11 rebounds, and one steal in 32 minutes during the Memphis Grizzlies ' 92-84 win versus the 76ers on Sunday.
Randolph was rusty in his return, missing 11 of his 17 field goal attempts, but he helped rally the squad for a late run to avoid losing to the win-less 76ers. After missing five games, it was encouraging to see Randolph receive 32 minutes, but he has definitely been struggling thus far this season. The Grizzlies are back in action on Tuesday versus the Pelicans.
Robert Covington contributed 12 points (5-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt), seven rebounds, four assists, seven steals, and one block in 37 minutes during the Philadelphia 76ers ' 92-84 loss versus the Grizzlies on Sunday.
Covington committed eight of the 76ers' 25 turnovers, but he also became the first player to have three straight games with five or more steals since Metta World Peace accomplished that back in 2010. Covington has already made a name for himself during his brief career as a solid defender and outside shooter, and he will likely continue playing heavy minutes going forward so long as the 76ers don't trade him to a contender.
Evan Fournier contributed nine points (4-9 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), three rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 20 minutes during the Orlando Magic 's 110-91 win versus the Celtics on Sunday.
Fournier was able to play despite dealing with a sore hip, but teammate Victor Oladipo again out-produced him off the bench. It's possible that Fournier would have been called upon to play more minutes if the game had been closer or he weren't nursing a minor injury, but it seems he has started to cool considerably following his scorching hot start to the season. The Magic are back in action on Tuesday versus the Timberwolves.